Closures and Missile Tests
Upcoming Missile Tests: From time to time the missile range that surrounds us performs missile testing that may require the closure of the park or Highway 70. Please follow the link below for up to date information on closures More »
2014 WHITE SANDS BALLOON INVITATIONAL
The White Sands Balloon Committee and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting both days of the Balloon Festival on Sept 20-21 at the Alamogordo Balloon Fiesta Park in Alamogordo, NM. For more information call 800-826-0294 or (575) 437-6120.
Summer Monument Hours
The monument currently opens at 7 a.m. and closes roughly 1 hour after sunset. More »
Road Safety Corridor
The first four miles of Dunes Drive is a road safety corridor. Slowing or stopping in the corridor is prohibited. Dune Life Nature and Playa trails are also temporarily closed. The staff of White Sands National Monument apologizes for the inconvenience.
Are you looking for some fun activities that you can do and learn about the park, too? Well, we have created some neat activities that you can download and complete at home. We hope you like them!
Oh, and keep checking back-we'll be adding more!
** Please note that this is not a replacement for the Junior Ranger program. Children do not earn a badge or patch by completing these activities. For children who would like to earn a badge or patch, the Junior Ranger booklet can be obtained at the visitor center desk or one can be mailed to you.
Junior Ranger Word Search - Search the letter jumble for words about White Sands National Monument.
Lizzie the Lizard Coloring Page - Lizzie the Lizard is feeling a little bit bland. Give her some color!
Find the Visitor Center Maze - Lizze the Lizard is lost in the dunes! help her find her way back to the visitor center.
Fun Facts About White Sands - Here are some interesting things to know about White Sands National Monument.
Did You Know?
Only the top few inches of the gypsum dunes are made of loose sand. Rainwater falling on the dunes dissolves some of the gypsum and cements the sand grains together, creating a crude form of plaster of Paris. This makes the white sand dunes easy to walk on.